|Local authorities and residents search for the student missing in Đào River. — Photo tienphong.vn|Viet Nam News
NGHỆ AN — Four children and an adult drowned yesterday while swimming in a dam and a river, adding to the country’s grim statistics of drowning fatalities.
Drowning kills 3,500-4,000 children in Viet Nam every year, according to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.
Nguyễn Hữu Đại, chairman of Yên Thành District’s Tiến Thành Commune in the central province of Nghệ An, said local authorities had mobilised nearly 100 people to find the bodies of the three children, including two siblings.
The victims were identified as Trương Thi Mai, 14, his sister Trương Thi Thuong, 11 and Nguyễn Thi Loan, 13, who had gone swimming at Choạc dam.
In central Hà Tĩnh Province, Nguyễn Thanh Hải, head of Hưong Sơn District’s Sơn Trường commune, said a man and a child were washed away while the man was trying to rescue the child swimming in Ngàn Trươi River.
Also yesterday, a 15-year-old child was reported missing after going swimming in Đào River in Thanh Hóa province’s Thọ Xuân District.
As of this morning, the body of the missing victim has not yet been found.— VNS